Brother’s ImageCenter ADS-3000N Document Scanner

100 images per minute, 5,000 pages per day

Brother ADS-3000N document scanner
Brother ADS-3000N, a 100ipm document scanner. Photo courtesy of Brother International

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a new scanner. Here’s the end of our dry spell with a swell single-pass network scanner from Brother, the $699.99 MSRP ADS-3000N. (By the way, ADS stands for automatic document scanner, and the N at the end of the name stands for Network, meaning that today’s scanner is networkable, which can mean increased versatility for you and your team.

A step up from the ADS-2500We we looked at a few months ago, the ADS-3000N is an impressive high-volume scanner.

Design and features

Rated at 50 pages per minute, or ppm, simplex (or single-sided), and 100 images per minute, or ipm, duplex (or double-sided), the “single-pass” automatic document feeder, or ADF, scans both sides simultaneously—a method that’s about twice as fast as a traditional ADF that must scan one side, pull the page back into mechanism, flip it over, and then scan the other. As you can imagine, the former method is right around twice as fast as the latter.

As mentioned, the ADS-3000N is networkable, which means exactly what it sounds like—you can connect it to your local area network (LAN), so that multiple computing devices can access it. This scanner supports Ethernet speeds of up to 1 full gigabyte. Or, if you require access via a single PC, that too will be ultrafast, since you’ll be connecting via USB 3.0, which is over 10 times faster than the traditional USB 2.0.

In addition to saving your scans as PDFs or text files, you can also save them as images, or share them via Email, FTP, a USB flash memory drive, even Microsoft SharePoint. As mentioned, the daily duty cycle is—the amount of usage the manufacturer says the device can handle daily without undo wear and tear—5000 scans per day. Remember, though, that’s at the rate of 100 scans every two-sided load in the ADF, or about 50 ADF loads over the course of the day. Somebody has to keep loading it to achieve those kinds of numbers.

At 12.1 inches across, 10.2 inches from front to back, 9.8 inches tall, and weighing in at just over 13 pounds, it’s maximum paper size for cut sheets is legal size, or 11x14 inches, and for single sheets the max paper size is 8.5x196 inches.

Other important features

In addition to features listed above, such as the USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, there are a bunch of other enhancements, as follows:

  • Scan to destinations, including local network folders, FTP/SFTP, MS SharePoint, and to and from mobile devices with Brother’s iPrint&Scan mobile interface.
  • Integrated Image Optimization Features, including deskew support, blank page removal, hole punch removal, and background removal.
  • 2-in-1 Mode for capturing tabloid, or 8.5x17-inch, documents, and Continuous Scan Mode for scanning unlimited pages to a single file.
  • Flexible Media Handling allows you to scan various shape and size documents without having to change settings to accommodate each document type.
  • Strong software bundle, including optical character recognition, or OCR software, and a portable document format, or PDF, editing and document management software.
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux compatible.
  • Kofax VRS compatible, which, according to Brother is an, “An industry leader in image processing software that automatically examines scanned materials and applies the appropriate image correction settings for optimal scan results.”

    And this just scratches the surface.

    The end

    If you have a stack of documents that needs cataloging, or perhaps yours is an ongoing documentary blizzard in need of taming. In any case, everything we tried on this scanner, up to and including the 100ipm scanning speed, worked as expected. In fact, in some scenarios, it did a little better than that. I found little to dislike about Brother’s impressive ADS-3000N.